Namibia launches archival app for cultural heritage access

Hertta-Maria Amutenja

In a moment significant for Namibia’s cultural heritage, Minister of Education, Arts and Culture, a unveiled the Namibia Archival Application this week, a platform that has the potential to revolutionise access to the nation’s documentary heritage.

The application, developed through a collaborative effort spearheaded by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), represents a fusion of tradition and technology, bringing archival collections into the digital realm.

Addressing the audience, Nghipondoka expressed her privilege in launching the Namibia Archival Application, emphasising its role as a monumental achievement in providing easy access to the country’s national documentary heritage.

The minister acknowledged the dedication and collaboration of various entities, including the National Archives of Namibia, the National Information Workers Association of Namibia, Mindsinaction, the University of Namibia Archives, Oniipa Church Archives, Sam Cohen Library, Namibia University of Science and Technology and others.

“Archives are our cultural heritage and a foundation of our national identity. They reflect our shared history, diverse traditions and the collective journey that has brought us to where we are today.”

In addition, she said the application, made possible through a sponsorship of N$380 000 from UNESCO, is not merely a software innovation. It is a testament to the commitment to utilising technology to enhance access to archival collections, establishing the basis for a new era in archival practices.

“The Namibia Archival Application is more than just a tool; it serves as a gateway to various archival collections, which can be accessed simultaneously. It empowers researchers, historians, educators, and the general public with seamless access to our archival collections,” she said.

Moreover, the user-friendly interface and state-of-the-art features of the application are expected to democratise access to historical records, making Namibia’s heritage more accessible and engaging for all. Nghipondoka called upon other archival institutions to join the development.

“As we launch this Archival Application, let us reaffirm our commitment to the ideals of cultural preservation and education. May the Namibia Archival Application be a beacon of enlightenment, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of our shared heritage,” urged Nghipondoka,

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